South Canterbury riders excel in race

Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012
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Talented Timaru mountainbiker David Ashby-Coventry.

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South Canterbury riders Milan Brodina and David Ashby-Coventry were the standout performers at the 12-hour Day/Night Mountain Bike race

Held in the Scenic Reserve, Geraldine's Brodina comfortably won the 12-hour solo race, completing 25 laps of the challenging 9.7-kilometre circuit.

Brodina started the race very fast, with two sub-25 minute laps that created a wide gap that gradually extended throughout the race.

He managed to avoid any mechanical mishaps and finished clear by two laps from Invercargill's Ian Wright and Matty Graham, of Dunedin.

Young David-Ashby-Coventry picked up the fastest lap prize with a scorching 21min 18sec ride. Ashby-Coventry was the anchor of the Flying Spaghetti Monsters under-19 team along with Cameron Fitzgerald, of Timaru, and the Christchurch trio of Mitchell Campbell, Brooke Hudson and Brendon Whalley, who won the under-19 grade.

The team was expected to feature in the overall standings but mechanical failures and punctures at crucial times, left them a lap down. They could not recover.

The Young Ones team of Bradley Chandler (Timaru), Kelvin Fox (Timaru), Andrew Milne (Oamaru), Kadin Morse (Christchurch) and Hamish Castle (Christchurch) won the overall prize for the most laps; 29 completed inside the 12 hours.

They competed strongly throughout the day with Cunning Stunts team of Paul Campbell, Jon Crossman, Carl Vaughan, Hayden Vaughan and Mark Johnston.

The lead changed several times but eventually the Young Ones team was able to force an 11-minute gap which continued until the end of the race.

Other Timaru Teams to feature on the podium were the Rusty Demons team who won the veterans class from Crazy, while Timaru's Emma Prestidge won the women's 6-hour solo race, completing 11 laps.

The closest racing was in the Corporate Challenge race with Team South Canterbury Toyota just edging out Konica Minolta to take away the spoils.

Both teams completed 25 laps, but the Toyota team was 9 minutes ahead at the finish.

Event organiser Chris Thomas said the race again drew a high-class field.

"We changed the time this year to start at 9am and finish at 9pm.

"This got very positive responses from many local and visiting riders and led to a 30 per cent increase in the number participating."

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- The Timaru Herald

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